Third Test match

Australia v West Indies 1930-31

Played at Brisbane, January 16, 17, 19, 20. Australia won by an innings and 217 runs. Early on the fourth morning, Australia were successful by an innings and 217 runs, so winning the rubber with three consecutive victories. They included Oxenham for Hurwood in their eleven and this bowler did useful work by taking six wickets for 76 in the match, besides batting soundly but once again Grimmett, with nine for 144, was mainly accountable for the cheap dismissal of most of their opponents. West Indies had an early encouragement in the fall of Jackson without scoring but stands of 229 and 193 followed and, naturally, Australia never lost their hold on the game. Apart from a chance just before getting out, Ponsford batted faultlessly but Kippax was unsteady and Bradman, when four, was missed in the slips. Apart from this chance Bradman, in putting together the highest innings played for Australia in any Test match in that country, showed that exceptional combination of skill and judgment that has produced for him so many triumphs. Next morning on a pitch drying under the influence of strong sunshine Bradman did not add to his overnight score. Batting for five hours, he hit twenty-four 4's.

West Indies lost three wickets for 51 before bad light stopped play on the second evening and, afterwards, when the conditions seemed favourable, Headley alone faced the bowling with much confidence. Showing sound defence and good judgment in picking the ball to hit, Headley at times scored quite freely and his century, the first in the Tests for West Indies, was praiseworthy in every way. He also was highest scorer in the follow-on when, although eight men reached double figures, West Indies could not escape from a crushing defeat.

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